Slaven Bilic claims Andy Carroll has been impacting on games this season be it from the start or off the bench.
Whilst many still question the continuing use of the big man as a first option the manager believes he will get better and fitter.
He said: “He has been good, he will get fitter and better, has an impact on the game if it’s from the start or the bench and that’s what he has been doing.
Of course, we are expecting him to be more fitter and with that, more minutes and then more match fitness and to get better. He is looking better in training now than he did two or three weeks ago which is only natural but yeah, he is good.”
He added: There is always pressure on centre forwards (to score goals). They are not happy if they don’t score, as I said two years ago and last year, centre forwards who are basically, depending on their goals, to prove they are worth it for the team.
Andy is not like that, he opens spaces, he is sometimes two or three around him that have to stop him which opens gaps and spcaes. His flicks or playoffs with his head too, are key. For him to make an impact and to be very important, he doesn’t always have to score goals.